At the Queen Beatrix International Airport, you’ll find frequent nonstop, or convenient single-connection flights from most major U.S. cities, as well as daily flights from all major hubs, around the world. American, Canadian, Caribbean, European and most South American citizens don’t require visas to enter Aruba. You can complete your Embarkation-Disembarkation Card online before you leave. The airport is 12 miles from the resort area and you can pre-book your transfer from USD 30.
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How to get to Aruba & Getting around the Island
Gay and gay-friendly bars in Aruba
- 7 Club Lounge bar is one of the most popular bars on the island. Formerly known as “Jimmy’s bar”, 7 Club is located in the heart of District 7.
- District 7 is a gay neighbourhood, home to @7’s Le Club, La Terrace, Jimmy’s Kitchen and The Gin And Olives bar, complete with private lounges and an outdoor pool area. All the venues are open late and get busy from about midnight.
- For something truly memorable, head to the Divi Bar & Lounge at the Ritz Carlton Aruba for spectacular views of Palm Beach. They also serve some of the best
sushi and a unique aloe infused ritz cocktail.
Where to dine in Aruba
In Aruba, the melting pot of cultures has contributed to a menu influenced by Holland, South America, and the Caribbean.
Aruba’s home-cooked food has flavours inspired by Amerindians, merchants, pirates, colonial powers of the Netherlands and Spain, African slaves, Eastern and Asian immigrants.
The local culinary scene offers Asian-influenced dishes such as bami and nasi goreng rice, or saté with peanut sauce; Dutch traditional dishes like pea soup and thin pancakes served with a variety of sweet and savory toppings. Johnnycakes (fried, puffy biscuits) and pan bati (Aruban pancake) replace traditional bread.
A quick snack, breakfast or lunch
- Enjoy delightful bits and bites at Jimmy’s Kitchen, a gay restaurant offering delicious dining options. Enjoy a snack while you take a drink at the lounge or by the pool bar and club. Jimmy’s serve dinner platters, finger food and takeout.
- The Gin and Olive pool garden serves delicious food and tempting cocktails throughout the day, a gay Aruba favourite.
- The Chapel Restaurant Bar Lounge is located at the Monastery estate in de La Sallestratt. It serves great breakfasts, bagels, paninis and power-bowl salads.
Authentic Aruban Fish Restaurants
- Head to MooMba Beach bar and restaurant, a great spot for lunch with elegant snacks served under two huge palapas. Discover some local flavours such as Aruban fish chowder and Cajun tuna tataki. Pair your mean with a an Aruba Ariba, the signature drink on the Caribbean island of Aruba.
- Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill is located right on the water of Palm Beach. It serves great tacos, burgers and comfort food. Bugaloe also hosts popular happy hours with live entertainment.
- Zeerover, in Savaneta is an oceanside restaurant that sits on a dock jetting out over the shoreline. Fishermen bring the daily catch straight to the restaurant. There is no better way to experience the freshest of dishes on the island. This no frills restaurant has amazing views of the Caribbean sea.
- Dinner at Papiamento Restaurant is an experience no one will ever forget. The setting is magical. The restaurant is surrounded by a lush garden. Tables are set around a turquoise, sparkling pool with twinkling lights in the tree branches. The 126 year old Arubian “cunucu” house next to the pool is filled with gorgeous antiques from Europe. The oldest items date back to the early 1800’s. Highly recommended for a special gay Aruba occasion.
- Visit Ceviches Poolbar & Restaurant in the Caribbean Palm Village. It has an extensive wine list in a beautiful location. They serve delicious fish dishes and host a daily Happy Hour from 12 – 1 pm & 4 – 6 pm.
- Book a table at Faro Blanco Restaurant and relax in the shade of their historic lighthouse and enjoy an eclectic menu of fresh seafood creations at Marathon Key’s bayside restaurant ,The Lighthouse Grill. Stop in for appetizers, drinks, or one of their chef-created daily dinner specials.
- Patio 15 is a delightful restaurant offering ten kinds of delicious tapas created by chef Ludwig Samson, all beautifully garnished and served with tasty sauces. And their cocktails? Patio 15 mixologists have come up with some pretty amazing libations that hiss, smoke and sizzle, and are guaranteed to knock your socks off! Located at “Yellow House,” on Weststraat 15. The restaurant is also the host of the annual Aruba Pride dinner spectacular.
Aruba is blessed with several beaches, but there are two stand-out beaches not to be missed, including a beach with its own gay section!
- Consistently rated as one of the best beaches in the world, Eagle beach is the happy home of many of Aruba’s low rise boutique hotels and resorts. Just stroll across the beach and you are there! Easy.
- Eagle beach is made up of a long stretch of seemingly never-ending powdery white sand, so you will never have a problem finding a spot to sunbathe.
- Several beach side cafes serve delicious snacks and terrific cocktails. You can also rent jet skis and arrange other water sports activity
- Flamingo beach is a privately owned beach and part of the Renaissance Aruba Resort.
- The beach has become instafamous due to the fact you can get up close and personal with the beautiful flamingos on the beach.
- Visitors can enjoy an adults only section and day passes are available for non-residents of the hotel. Just ask at the concierge desk. The island is just a short boat ride from the Renaissance Aruba Resort.
Things to see and do in Gay Aruba
- Explore Oranjestad, the charming capital and home to some stunning Dutch colonial architecture, museums, galleries and a vibrant gay scene. Enjoy great shopping with luxury stores straddled across the downtown area including Cartier, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, and Louis Vuitton.
- Visit Paseo Herencia and Palm Beach Plaza for a shopping treat closer to Palm Beach.
- T.H. Palm & Company is one of the most enchanting and unforgettable boutiques in the entire Caribbean. Each nook and cranny holds an unexpected treasure, promising you a completely original shopping experience, with an impressive selection of upscale resort wear, casual island clothing, and shoes for men.
- For a unique experience just steps from Palm Beach, visit the charming Butterfly Farm for an unforgettable encounter with nature in all its beauty and diversity.
The National Park
- Visit Wilhelmina Park and experience the stunning floral displays in one of Oranjestad’s most popular attractions.
- Take a trip to the King Willem tower at Fort Zoutman and learn about the rich history of gay Aruba.
- Outdoor enthusiasts will love the Arikok National Park where you can explore stunning rock formations known as Ayó via a UTV. Discover the Natural Bridge at Anicouri and the Bushiribana Ruins. Visit the Natural Pool and the Guadirikiri Cave, known for its massive chambers where the sun beams down through holes in the rock ceiling.
- Boca Prins near the blue Lagoon and Fontein Cave is also in the National Park and is home to some of the island’s most amazing sand dunes. The Fontein cave is filled with ancient paintings from the Arawak people, an indigenous group from the Caribbean and South America.
- No trip to the island is complete without a visit to the Alto Vista Chapel, the Spanish Missionary chapel with breathtaking views.
- Visit one of the island’s most famous instagram spots, the California Dunes and Lighthouse. It is also the perfect spot for a romantic sunset.
- Charter your own yacht and explore the best of the island at your own pace. Discover hidden and less well known parts of the Island.
Diving and Snorkeling
- Go on a private snorkeling adventure and discover Aruba’s most pristine coral reef. A favorite of Aruba locals, Tres Trapi Beach is a tiny, secluded spot known for its clear waters and great for snorkeling. Here, you’ll not only see fish but also a plethora of brilliantly colored sea stars! This shallow-water cove is accessible by a three-step staircase carved into the rocks leading to the water (hence the “Tres Trapi” name).
- Explore the underwater world off Aruba’s North Coast with the aid of an underwater scooter. The Seabob F5 S jet allows you to dive deeper and faster underwater without putting forth extra effort. As the scooter jets propel you along, take in the views of the coral reefs and the marine inhabitants.
- Go night diving and discover local shipwrecks, coral reefs and a variety of sea life that comes out when the sun goes down. Truly a magical and once in a lifetime experience.